In addition to the support that can be sought from the university (see 'It happened to me') direct support can be also be found with the following external agencies. 

Sexual Misconduct and Assault Self-Help tools

Rape, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Beech House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC): At the SARC, individuals will be offered support and guidance, a medical assessment/treatment, a forensic examination, and the opportunity of aftercare referrals for support services. 
Telephone: 01622 726461 Email: 

East Kent Rape Crisis Centre Crisis Helpline: 0800 4582818, 18:30 to 21:30 Monday-Friday. 
Sexual Violence Advisory Service: If you are undecided about reporting, you can speak to a member of our Sexual Violence Advisory team, who will be able to answer more specific questions for you. Contact
East Kent Rape Crisis can also provide a specialist student Independent Sexual Violence Adviser service for specific practical and emotional support. Call 01227 826 900 or email  Counselling: 01227 451753. Referrals can be taken Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00.

Family Matters:  Family Matters provide Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) service where information, help and support can be provided even if you have not reported to the police. Assistance is offered to help you through the criminal justice system, from reporting to police through to trial at court. For information, contact the admin office on 01474 536661 and select, option two for the ISVA office. Alternatively email

The Survivors Trust: Offers resources and links to services, as well as guidance for those supporting survivors. 

National Ugly Mugs:   National organisation offering access to justice and protection for sex workers.
Email: Telephone: 0161 629 9861 

Image Based Sexual Abuse

Revenge Porn Helpline:  Offers confidential advice and support to individuals who have had intimate photos and/or video shared online or offline. 
Email: Telephone: 0345 6000 459 

SPITEFree legal advice to victims-survivors of revenge porn.


National Stalking Helpline: Offers information, advice and guidance to individuals subjected to stalking. 
Telephone: 0808 802 0300

Protection Against Stalking: Kent based support for victims of stalking and harassment, through provision of information, advice, risk identification and safety planning.

Domestic Abuse

National Domestic Violence Helpline: Provides support, help and information to women subjected to domestic violence.
Telephone: 0808 2000 247

Refuge:   Offers support to women subjected to different forms of gender based violence, including access to a refuge or ‘safe house’ for women and children escaping domestic abuse.

Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service:
Rising Sun Domestic Violence & Abuse Service supports women and children affected by domestic abuse in Canterbury and East Kent. We support our users through every step of removing abuse from their lives and improving their safety.

Oasis (Medway): Oasis support women and men, including LGBTQIA+ people, to break free from abuse and rebuild their life based in Medway. They offer one-to-one support, refuge and safe accommodation, group programmes, counselling and mentoring.

Culturally Specific Services

Ashiana Network: Refuge, counselling and advice for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women and girls (14+) who have experienced domestic abuse. 
Telephone: 020 8539 0427 

Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights OrganisationOffers advice to women subjected to ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and domestic abuse in Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Turkish and English
Telephone: Mon to Fri 9.30-5.30: 0207 920 6460
For out-of-hours emergencies call: Kurdish / Arabic/English: 07846 275246; Farsi / Dari / English: 07846 310157

Jewish Women’s Aid:   Offers support to Jewish women and girls subjected to domestic abuse and sexual violence.  Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 801 0500. Sexual Violence Support Line: 0808 801 0656

Karma Nirvana: Offers support to victim-survivors of ‘honour’ based abuse and forced marriage. 
Telephone: 0800 5999 247 | Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm 

Latin American Women’s Aid: Offers support and advice to Latin American and other Black and Minority Ethnic women (including Trans-women) subjected to gender-based violence in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
9:30am to 5:30pm: 0753 442 4826 (Spanish and English); 0730 830 5295 (Portuguese and English – from 2 pm to 5:30 pm)

Muslim Women’s Network HelplineSpecialist faith and culturally sensitive helpline offering information, support and guidance for those suffering from, or at risk of, abuse.
Email: Telephone: 07415 206936 or 0800 999 5786

Southall Black SistersOffers information, advice advocacy and practical help to Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women subjected to gender-based violence in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Urdu and can arrange interpretation in Somali and other languages.  
Telephone: 0208 571 9595, Monday to Friday. 9:00am – 5:00pm 

Services for LGBT+ People

Galop National LGBT Domestic Abuse HelplineEmotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse. 
Telephone: 0800 999 5428

Galop Sexual Assault Casework and Support Service: Advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual violence.
Telephone: 020 7704 2040 

Trans Survivors Switchboard: Support to Trans people, including non-binary and questioning people, who have experienced sexual violence.  
Telephone: 01273 204050  

Services for Men

Online support for men subjected to sexual violence.
Tel: 02035983898 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm) 
Helpline Web Chat: Monday – Friday 10.30am – 9.00pm, Saturday – Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm

Men’s Advice Line:   Helpline for men who have experienced domestic abuse. 
Telephone: 0808 8010327  

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

RespondNational charity working with people with learning disabilities subjected to abuse or violence, which offers a range of evidence-based trauma, informed services for young people and adults. 
Telephone: 020 7383 0700, Email: 

DeafHope from SignHealthOffers practical and emotional support to Deaf people subjected to domestic abuse. 
Text: 07966 976749. Email:
Telephone: 020 3947 2600 

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